Very shortly after it was announced that Diego Sanchez would be forced to withdraw from his UFC 135 bout against Matt Hughes due to suffering a broken hand in training, Josh Koscheck made it known that he had accepted an offer to step up in his place.
Today, Hughes posted both through Twitter and his personal website that he had not only accepted the bout with Koscheck, but also a proposed one against Koscheck’s American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch.
The most likely option, it seemed, would be for Hughes to face off against Koscheck and UFC president Dana White revealed through his Twitter page that that is exactly what will happen.
“Diego broke his hand so Hughes will now fight Koscheck,” Tweeted the UFC boss.
Hughes is currently coming off of a lightning-fast knockout loss to BJ Penn dating back to last November, a defeat which snapped an increasingly impressive three-fight winning streak. Entering into the twilight of his career, the UFC Hall of Famer has stated a desire to face only big names for the rest of his career.
Koscheck has been out of action for almost as long as Hughes, having been relegated to the sidelines after having his face smashed in by Georges St-Pierre last December at UFC 124. Koscheck lost a very clear-cut unanimous decision in that fight and has been recovering ever since. Prior to that bout, he had put together his own three-fight win streak.
UFC 135 is scheduled to take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and will feature a light heavyweight championship bout between champ Jon Jones and challenger Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.